In an announcement that further shifts the Welsh Government's fire safety position away from Westminster's, funding for fire safety surveys on multi-occupied residential buildings over 11 metres high has been announced.
The surveys are necessary to identify whether any fire safety remedial and/or interim measures are required and are to be funding by Phase 1 of the Welsh Building Safety Fund.
The Welsh Government also announced that the survey findings will be used to develop further phases of support, including:
- The introduction of a remediation fund;
The creation of a Fire Safety Building Passport, which will identify any defects that have been found, the necessary remedial action and when interim fire safety measures need to be implemented. The passport will also outline how the recommended works align with other construction requirements for the building, including planned maintenance and potential decarbonisation measures.
The scheme will open for applications from responsible persons, building owners or management companies in the Autumn.
“It is critically important that we are able to understand the true scale of the problem in order to properly address it.”